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 Post subject: 300 Greatest Artists of Popular Music
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300 Greatest Artists of Popular Music

Criteria: - These Greatest Popular Music Artists were ranked for their Popularity,
Influence, and Impact in Popular Music.

Edited By: Chris F.
List Begun 1-16-06

Link: http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_artistspop.html

1. Elvis Presley
2. Louis Armstrong
3. Bing Crosby
4. Beatles
5. Frank Sinatra
6. Duke Ellington
7. Billie Holiday
8. James Brown
9. Bob Dylan
10. Johnny Cash
11. Hank Williams
12. Ray Charles
13. Ella Fitzgerald
14. B.B. King
15. Al Jolson
16. Louis Jordan
17. Miles Davis
18. Charlie Parker
19. The Rolling Stones
20. Mahalia Jackson
21. Stevie Wonder
22. Nat King Cole
23. John Coltrane
24. Chuck Berry
25. Aretha Franklin
26. Bessie Smith
27. Woody Guthrie
28. Patsy Cline
29. Billy Murray
30. The Beach Boys
31. Muddy Waters
32. Led Zeppelin
33. Sarah Vaughan
34. Marvin Gaye
35. Paul Whiteman
36. Sam Cooke
37. Bruce Springsteen
38. Little Richard
39. Bob Marley
40. Jimi Hendrix
41. Fats Domino
42. Benny Goodman
43. Dizzy Gillespie
44. John Lee Hooker
45. Dolly Parton
46. Buddy Holly & the Crickets
47. Michael Jackson
48. Tommy Dorsey
49. Glenn Miller
50. Thelonious Monk
51. Elton John
52. The Who
53. Pete Seeger & the Weavers
54. Joni Mitchell
55. Otis Redding
56. Leadbelly
57. Madonna
58. Run-D.M.C.
59. The Mills Brothers
60. Celia Cruz
61. The Carter Family
62. Willie Nelson
63. George Jones
64. Robert Johnson
65. Charles Mingus
66. Diana Ross & the Supremes
67. Count Basie
68. Jelly Roll Morton
69. Prince
70. Lester Young
71. The Ink Spots
72. U2
73. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
74. Son House
75. Dinah Washington
76. The Drifters/Clyde McPhatter/Ben E. King
77. Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel
78. Thomas A. Dorsey
79. Loretta Lynn
80. Coleman Hawkins
81. T-Bone Walker
82. The Temptations
83. Eric Clapton/Cream
84. Bill Monroe
85. Bo Diddley
86. David Bowie
87. Neil Young
88. The Everly Brothers
89. Howlin' Wolf
90. Pink Floyd
91. Public Enemy
92. Perry Como
93. Etta James
94. Sly & the Family Stone
95. Art Tatum
96. The Clash
97. Bill Evans
98. The Platters
99. Merle Haggard
100. Sidney Bechet

101. Sonny Rollins
102. Herbie Hancock
103. Art Blakey
104. Scott Joplin
105. Jerry Lee Lewis
106. Queen
107. The Doors
108. Billy Joel
109. Henry Burr
110. Elmore James
111. Charley Patton
112. Tina Turner/Ike & Tina Turner
113. The Ramones
114. Carole King
115. Mariah Carey
116. Ornette Coleman
117. Tammy Wynette
118. Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians
119. Clifford Brown
120. Van Morrison & Them
121. Stan Getz
122. Willie Dixon
123. Blind Lemon Jefferson
124. Little Walter
125. Barbara Streisand
126. Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne
127. Aerosmith
128. Fleetwood Mac
129. Roy Orbison
130. Enrico Caruso
131. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Band
132. AC/DC
133. Emmylou Harris
134. Garth Brooks
135. Jimmie Rodgers
136. The Eagles
137. Bonnie Raitt
138. Tony Bennett
139. Bud Powell
140. George Clinton & the Parliament Funkadelic
141. Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
142. Albert King
143. Freddie King
144. Crosby, Stills, & Nash
145. Ruth Brown
146. Waylon Jennings
147. Patti Page
148. Nirvana
149. Pat Boone
150. Peter, Paul, & Mary
151. Elvis Costello & the Attractions
152. Conway Twitty
153. Roy Acuff
154. Ma Rainey
155. Dean Martin
156. Nina Simone
157. Odetta
158. The Kinks
159. The Byrds
160. Judy Garland
161. The Grateful Dead
162. 2 Pac
163. Harry MacDonough
164. The Andrews Sisters
165. Big Joe Turner
166. The Carpenters
167. The Orioles
168. Joan Baez
169. Charles Brown
170. Tito Puente
171. Janis Joplin
172. Haydn Quartet
173. Bill Haley & the Comets
174. The Bee Gees
175. Lavern Baker
176. The Isley Brothers
177. Flatt & Scruggs
178. Whitney Houston
179. Patti Smith
180. The Police/Sting
181. Velvet Underground
182. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
183. Bert Williams
184. Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan
185. The Allman Brothers Band
186. The Pretenders
187. Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions
188. Professor Longhair
189. The Soul Stirrers
190. Sister Rosetta Tharpe
191. The Band
192. Sonny Boy Williamson I
193. REM
194. The Caravans
195. Antonio Carlos Joabim
196. Gladys Knight & the Pips
197. The Ravens
198. Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup
199. Ada Jones
200. Clara Ward & the Ward Singers

201. Cab Calloway
202. Martha & the Vandellas
203. Brenda Lee
204. The Clovers
205. Deep Purple
206. The Beastie Boys
207. Bobby "Blue" Bland
208. Carol Channing
209. Enya
210. Big Bill Broonzy
211. Jefferson Airplane
212. Blondie
213. The Mamas & the Papas
214. Peggy Lee
215. Harry Belafonte
216. Fats Waller
217. Cher/Sonny & Cher
218. Eric B. & Rakim
219. Dinah Shore
220. Wynonie Harris
221. N.W.A.
222. Judy Collins
223. The Shirelles
224. The Coasters
225. Jackie Wilson
226. Johnny Mathis
227. Reba McEntire
228. Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross
229. The Peerless Quartet
230. Rev. James Cleveland
231. Stevie Ray Vaughan
232. Eddy Arnold
233. Rosemary Clooney
234. The Kingston Trio
235. Creedence Clearwater Revival
236. Van Halen
237. Janet Jackson
238. Buddy Guy
239. The Four Tops
240. Linda Ronstadt
241. Donna Summer
242. Dionne Warwick
243. Lynyrd Skynyrd
244. Memphis Minnie
245. Rudy Valee
246. Kate Smith
247. Nancy Wilson
248. Billy Eckstine
249. Ben Selvin & His Orchestra
250. Jimmy Smith
251. Bobby Darin
252. King Crimson
253. Pearl Jam
254. Chaka Khan & Rufus
255. Sammy Davis Jr.
256. Metallica
257. Tori Amos
258. Ethel Waters
259. The Yardbirds
260. Ricki Lee Jones
261. John Lennon
262. Connie Francis
263. Julie Andrews
264. The Talking Heads
265. Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine
266. A Tribe Called Quest
267. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
268. Notorious B.I.G.
269. Lionel Hampton
270. Lena Horne
271. Neil Diamond
272. Paul Robeson
273. Earth, Wind, & Fire
274. Django Reinhardt
275. Lefty Frizell
276. Gene Autry
277. Phil Ochs
278. Buck Owens
279. Jo Stafford
280. Wilson Pickett
281. ABBA
282. Yes
283. Glen Campbell
284. Tampa Red
285. Eartha Kitt
286. LL Cool J
287. Kenny Rogers
288. Iron Maiden
289. Sun Ra
290. Ethel Merman
291. Outkast
292. Mabel Mercer
293. Chicago
294. Rick Nelson
295. Luther Vandross
296. Emerson, Lake, & Palmer
297. Rod Stewart
298. Tennessee Ernie Ford
299. Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
300. Annie Lennox & the Eurythmics

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Things to consider when looking at this list:
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1. Criteria -
A number of different criteria were used, the largest ones are the obvious. Popularity, Influence, and Impact. Each one is broken down into a set of criteria themselves.

Popularity, is divided into Initial and Lasting. Initial popularity deals with early success, the first 3-5 years of an acts chart dominance and record sales. Lasting popularity deals with the remaining parts of an artists career, how long they endured as a chart act, how many years they saw a measurable amount of sales. Lasting popularity also dwells in memorability, and iconic status, as well as overall popularity and how that popularity spills out into other mediums.

Influence and Impact each are divided into three criteria themselves.

The first is Musical, and deals with influence and impact that effected Popular Music.An example is a vocalist impacting (or influencing) a way a number of other vocalists sing

The second part is Cultural, and deals with non musical contributions or ideas an act developed or effected. An example would be an act or artist impacting (or influencing) a fashion style, a movement, or challenging a cultural idea.

The third and final aspect is Commercial. This deals with how an act changed the business. This deals with everything from moving music from a single oriented business, to an album one, or proving a group of people could be popular.

These 3 major criteria helped to place artists into rough positions, and are the strongest places to make a case for a list change. However,
other criteria are also used, and should be taken into consideration when dealing with the list. They are offshoots of the above 3 stated criteria, but powerful enough to initiate change within the list. They are (in no specific order):

Recorded Output: Simply put, when measuring 2 artists against each other. The artist with more important singles/albums/etc.. will prevail.

Dominance: This criteria looks at an artists career in 3 parts, style, genre, and all genre. Style deals with the style(s) of music an artist is most well known for, and how dominant they were in that area (or era) of music. Genre deals with the larger picture of all the styles, and an acts dominance within it. All Genre is the musical dominance of an act within all of Popular Music.

Talent: This is measured by the objective look at how good an artist or act were within their special fields. Vocalists and Instrumentalists were measured by the objective criteria used on several of the sites lists.

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Name arrangements:
Solo artists who did not make it on the list were often included within their respective groups. Nothing about greatness is implied by how the names are placed. On this post they appear as they are because of a game used to spark interest in the list. On the site list the names may appear in a different order, or way. To reitterate, how names are placed implies NOTHING about whether the solo act is greater than the band it is lumped with. I create these lists to bring people together, and display as many acts as I possibly can.

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Other Lists:

There are many lists that go hand in hand with this one. Vocalists, Albums, Songs, and Non Performers to name just a few. I will try to cover as much ground as possible within them.

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Thanks, Chris F.


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 Post subject: Re: 300 Greatest Artists of Popular Music
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 Post subject: Re: 300 Greatest Artists of Popular Music
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I don't know which list annoys me more the Most Influential Rock Artists or this list. Having the Beatles at #4 is amusing. I don't know any other act that has helped the shape the sound; expand the parameters of pop music or more influential on Modern popular music than the Beatles. The Beatles showed what could be done in recording studio within a pop framework and in the album format more so than the other acts you have ahead of them. They have sold more than a billion records which is more than Elvis and Michael Jackson.

I mean honestly are you going to say Elvis Presley or Bing Crosby was better songwriters and musicians than the Beatles. Are you going to say those acts created better or more influential albums than Sgt Pepper or Revolver?

Also in you’re criteria. “The third and final aspect is Commercial. This deals with how an act changed the business. These deals with everything from moving music from a single oriented business, to an album one, or proving a group of people could be popular”

Hello, the Beatles were hugely instrumental from moving music from a single oriented business, to an album one, and from solo act to groups. Also they basically ended the American domination in popular and rock music with not only the start of the British Invasion but also having at one time having the top five songs on the same chart.

Again the Beatles are amongst the greatest albums artists, the most covered songwriters, sold over a billion records in only 7/8 years of recording music and influenced everyone from World Music Artists to Jazz Musicians. You got to be kidding me with the Beatles rank as #4.


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 Post subject: Re: 300 Greatest Artists of Popular Music
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Musicfan67 wrote:
I mean honestly are you going to say Elvis Presley or Bing Crosby was better songwriters and musicians than the Beatles. Are you going to say those acts created better or more influential albums than Sgt Pepper or Revolver?

If you keep in mind that the LP didn't exist in the years of Crosby's maximum impact, making his lack of great albums a non-issue, maybe that will help you be a little less annoyed and amused.


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 Post subject: Re: 300 Greatest Artists of Popular Music
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Musicfan67 wrote:
I don't know which list annoys me more the Most Influential Rock Artists or this list. Having the Beatles at #4 is amusing. I don't know any other act that has helped the shape the sound; expand the parameters of pop music or more influential on Modern popular music than the Beatles. The Beatles showed what could be done in recording studio within a pop framework and in the album format more so than the other acts you have ahead of them. They have sold more than a billion records which is more than Elvis and Michael Jackson.

I mean honestly are you going to say Elvis Presley or Bing Crosby was better songwriters and musicians than the Beatles. Are you going to say those acts created better or more influential albums than Sgt Pepper or Revolver?

Also in you’re criteria. “The third and final aspect is Commercial. This deals with how an act changed the business. These deals with everything from moving music from a single oriented business, to an album one, or proving a group of people could be popular”

Hello, the Beatles were hugely instrumental from moving music from a single oriented business, to an album one, and from solo act to groups. Also they basically ended the American domination in popular and rock music with not only the start of the British Invasion but also having at one time having the top five songs on the same chart.

Again the Beatles are amongst the greatest albums artists, the most covered songwriters, sold over a billion records in only 7/8 years of recording music and influenced everyone from World Music Artists to Jazz Musicians. You got to be kidding me with the Beatles rank as #4.


Yes, it's crazy, but Sampson was advising Chris on the list, so what do you expect?

Lew has said that I can take this list over as Chris hasn't been around in years. I'd like to make a lot of changes, but it's such a huge job to get it right I haven't been able to get any momentum up. I plan on moving MJ up pretty far,and on dropping down a lot of the artists who were not very big commercially (Leadbelly, Monk, Carter family, etc...) Most music fans could not even name a song by the Carter Family. No way they should be in the top 100. Mahalia jackson is WAY too high. Patsy Cline is WAY too high. I don't get it with her. Brenda Lee was on the same label with the same type of songs and was a much better singer. Why is "Crazy" country but not "Break It To Me Gently." Same musicians, same producer.

Cline was not even known in the mainstream until that movie about her got on to cable years ago. In any case, her higher than Mudddy, Beach Boys, Zep and Benny Goodman is fucking crazy. John Lee hooker is too high. Shouldn't even be top 100 IMO. several other blues artists belong ahead of him, Wolf for instance.


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Brian wrote:
Musicfan67 wrote:
I mean honestly are you going to say Elvis Presley or Bing Crosby was better songwriters and musicians than the Beatles. Are you going to say those acts created better or more influential albums than Sgt Pepper or Revolver?

If you keep in mind that the LP didn't exist in the years of Crosby's maximum impact, making his lack of great albums a non-issue, maybe that will help you be a little less annoyed and amused.


Crosby was likely the most influential vocalist in history. He also had almost 400 hit singles. counting B side hits separately. I'd probably have him # 3 after the Beatles and Elvis if i ever get to the revision here.


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Bruce wrote:
Brian wrote:
Musicfan67 wrote:
I mean honestly are you going to say Elvis Presley or Bing Crosby was better songwriters and musicians than the Beatles. Are you going to say those acts created better or more influential albums than Sgt Pepper or Revolver?

If you keep in mind that the LP didn't exist in the years of Crosby's maximum impact, making his lack of great albums a non-issue, maybe that will help you be a little less annoyed and amused.


Crosby was likely the most influential vocalist in history. He also had almost 400 hit singles. counting B side hits separately. I'd probably have him # 3 after the Beatles and Elvis if i ever get to the revision here.


That is one mind boggling stat with over 400 hit songs. How many records did Bing Crosby actually sell back in those days? I respect what Elvis and Bing did and they had a lot of chart hits. I will take a screaming from you for saying this. I do have a problem with Elvis and Bing being over the Beatles for the fact they virtually wrote none of their recorded output. That doesn't mean that they weren't great but it makes it hard to compare them to the Beatles or a Bob Dylan. Speaking about enduring influence or record sales I do find it hard to believe after 40 years the Beatles are as popular as modern acts.


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Musicfan67 wrote:
That is one mind boggling stat with over 400 hit songs. How many records did Bing Crosby actually sell back in those days?


According to http://www.canyon-news.com/artman2/publ ... awsuit.php,
he sold 200 million records by 1960, and about the same amount over the next 20 years.

"White Christmas" alone apparently sold about 50 million, according the the Guiness Book people. That's pretty staggering.


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Brett Alan wrote:
Musicfan67 wrote:
That is one mind boggling stat with over 400 hit songs. How many records did Bing Crosby actually sell back in those days?


According to http://www.canyon-news.com/artman2/publ ... awsuit.php,
he sold 200 million records by 1960, and about the same amount over the next 20 years.

"White Christmas" alone apparently sold about 50 million, according the the Guiness Book people. That's pretty staggering.


And the market was way smaller in Crosby's day. If you could adjust the figures for percentage of the market he would likely rank higher than anybody.


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http://www.waynesthisandthat.com/elvisbing.html

This page makes for a reasonable comparison of figures between elvis and bing. Before you read it bear in mind that nobody in rock n roll era has churned out as many big hits as elvis.

There are huge differences between the two which dont show in purely the numbers but in popularity probably support Bing as the most popular artist on the list.


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Jose wrote:
http://www.waynesthisandthat.com/elvisbing.html

This page makes for a reasonable comparison of figures between elvis and bing. Before you read it bear in mind that nobody in rock n roll era has churned out as many big hits as elvis.

There are huge differences between the two which dont show in purely the numbers but in popularity probably support Bing as the most popular artist on the list.


Thanks, that's what I mean about how dominant Bing was in terms of pecerntage of the market in his day. He clearly wins the "initial popularity" battle against Presley, although Elvis was much more lastingly popular. Bing did not pick up loads of second and third generation fans like Elvis did. Other than "White Christmas" most people in 2010 could not even name any of Bing's # 1 songs.


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The Best selling artists in America during the Soundscan era.

SoundScan Era - Best selling Artists

| Total 2010 (Total 2009) | Artist
1. 68,500,000 (68,363,000) - Garth Brooks
2. 61,700,000 (60,370,000) - The Beatles
3. 52,900,000 (52,388,000) - Mariah Carey
4. 52,600,000 (52,160,000) - Metallica
5. 51,100,000 (50,933,000) - Celine Dion


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Shouldn't Al Jolson be significantly higher than what he is now? I mean he's high at 15, but he was one of the first "superstars." He was a huge influence on Crosby, Sinatra, and countless others down the line.


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There will be a major revision on this list soon. Lots of changes and many new entries.


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